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England to name full-strength squad for Australia Ashes series

England will name their strongest possible side to contest The Ashes next month and are aiming to win in Australia for the first time since the tour in 2010-2011

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England plan to name a full-strength squad for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

On Friday, the two-month tour down under was granted conditional approval by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The five-match series was under scrutiny and doubts were cast over whether the matches would take place.

This was due to Australia’s strict coronavirus protocols and one of the main issues concerned whether the England players will be able to tour with their families.

Another issue regarded the entry into Australia, with borders to foreign nationals still closed, but this is expected to be resolved soon.

However, positive talks concluded with Barry O’Brien, the ECB’s interim chair, confirming the series and giving the green light to Chris Silverwood to select what is expected to be an 18 or 19-man squad.



England are due to tour Australia for the Ashes this winter, but the tour remains in doubt
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An ECB statement read: “Over recent weeks we have made excellent progress in moving forward on the England men’s Ashes tour.

“To facilitate further progress and allow a squad to be selected, the ECB Board has met today and given its approval for the tour to go ahead.

“This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before we travel. We look forward to the ongoing assistance from Cricket Australia in resolving these matters in the coming days.”









England’s players are set to undergo their quarantine at a resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with their families set to be with them for the duration of the tour.

This setup will allow them to train outdoors in line with protocols agreed by the Australian government.

If any players plan to join the team ahead of the boxing day test match in Melbourne, they will complete a more relaxed quarantine upon arrival in a designated resort in the Yarra Valley.

Despite the good news, the reigning world champions may not be able to pick their strongest side, with several players unavailable.



England celebrate the wicket of Rohit Sharma
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Ben Stokes is currently recovering from surgery on his left index finger and is still taking time away from the game to prioritise his mental health.

Pace bowlers Jofra Archer and Olly Stone will not play for the rest of the year due to respective elbow and back injuries, while Moeen Ali recently retired from test cricket.

Members of the test side are due to fly out to Australia at the start of November, while those participating in the T20 World Cup, which begins next Sunday, will head to Oz once England’s campaign comes to an end.

England are aiming to regain the prestigious urn and win The Ashes series in Australia for the first time since the 2010-2011 tour.


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